UWSP Announces Planetarium, Observatory and Young Scientist Programs

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Take a trip around the universe this winter at UWSP’s Allen F. Blocher Planetarium and Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory.

Shows are free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. Face coverings are required indoors at UW-Stevens Point.

Planetarium programs for young scientists (K-3) will be offered from 3:30-4 p.m. one Sunday per month in conjunction with the UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History. Shows this winter include:

  • January 23: “One World, One Sky” – Sesame Street characters explore the night sky, traveling from Earth to the Moon with a Chinese friend.
  • February 20: ‘Larry, Cat in Space’ – Follow the adventures of Larry, whose owner unknowingly takes him on a trip to the moon.

Visit www.uwsp.edu/cols-ap/museum/Pages/Events.aspx to learn more about the Young Scientists Program.

Planetarium shows for all ages are offered at 2 p.m. on Sundays. January and February shows include:

  • January 23: “Unveiling the Invisible Universe” – Discover how scientists have discovered the universe for thousands of years.
  • January 30: “Europe to the Stars” – Go behind the scenes at the European Southern Observatory to learn about telescopes and astronomy.
  • February 6: “The Sun, Our Living Star” – Learn about our planet’s powerhouse and view rare images of the sun’s surface.
  • February 13: “Exoplanets-Discovering New Worlds” – The search for new worlds continues as astronomers search for life beyond Earth.
  • February 20: “Astronomy: 3000 years of star observation” – Retrace the milestones of cosmic discovery, from Copernicus and Galileo to the Hubble telescope.
  • February 27: “Coming! Asteroids, Comets and Powerful Stories of Our Cosmic Origins” – Learn how these cosmic visitors impacted Earth and how scientists track moving objects in space.

Planetarium seating is first come, first served for a maximum of 55 people. Groups of eight or more can schedule a special screening of any planetarium program by calling 715-346-2208 or filling out an online request form. There is a cost of $25 per group for these presentations.

The Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory Telescope will open on Monday, January 31 for free public tours from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday evenings. Tours will only take place if the sky is clear and the temperature is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

The planetarium and observatory are located on the second and fourth floors of the UW-Stevens Point Science Building. 2001 Fourth Avenue, Stevens Point. Parking is available in Lot D behind the building and is free in all university grounds after 7 p.m. and on weekends.

Learn more at www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs/Pages/default.aspx.

Arline J. Mercier